Often when it comes to updating and redecorating your home, the interior takes center stage and the outside areas of your property become neglected.
Of course, you may think that the inside of your home is more important because that is where you spend most of your time, and this is true. However, the exterior is what you, your family, your friends and your neighbors see each time they visit or even just drive past your property.
Wouldn’t you want them to see a proud and well-maintained home rather than one that is in desperate need of a little TLC?
Fortunately, the exterior of your property can be easily be updated without spending a fortune, instantly improving your curb appeal,and boosting the value of your home.
From restoring the driveway to adding color with plants to refreshing your front door, keep reading to find out the best budget-friendly ways to improve the exterior of your home.
1. Restore any concrete areas
Whether you have a driveway, patio area, walkway or even a section for your home spa, if the concrete surface has seen better days, the whole area will look neglected and unappealing.
By investing in concrete restoration, you will not only transform your surfaces aesthetically, but you will also increase their longevity and add value to your home.
2. Refinish your front door
If the eyes are the windows to your soul, then the front door is the entrance to heaven – or something like that! Anyway, it is a critical component of the exterior of your home, acting as both a means of staying safe and secure and of retaining heat. However, it should also reflect your interior design style, matching in color to other elements of your exterior.
Thankfully, as long as your door is still in working order, you do not need to purchase a new one. Simply, give it a new lease of life with a fresh coat of paint or a stain.
3. Add lighting
Lighting is arguably the simplest way to brighten up any space, inside or out, but can be highly effective in your backyard. A few fairy lights hung along the fence, a few well-placed solar lights along the lawn or even some simple wall lights on the exterior wall of your home.
You could even make your own DIY hanging jar lights for only a few dollars and a bit of creativity.
4. Create focal points with plants
If your backyard consists of mainly lawn space, it can be a good idea to add depth and texture with a few well-placed plant features. If you have a more compact garden, you may want to build a window box which will allow you to add color without compromising too much. These are easy and cheap to make, and you can add flowers or grow herbs – whatever takes your fancy.
Alternatively, why not build your own arbor which can be placed at the entry of your front or backyard, instantly creating a focal point and increasing your curb appeal.
5. Replace your mailbox
Such a simple and inexpensive task but one that will immediately enhance the exterior of your home. If you do not want to buy a new one, there are ways in which you can brighten up the one you already have.
Firstly, if the paint is starting to peel, then give it a fresh coat. You can also look into updating the base of your mailbox, especially if your one has become damaged by wood rot or pests such as termites.
Good luck!!! You will be surprised by how much you can do achieve without busting your budget.